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Wiedemer Named New Commissary Agency Director

National Guard Bureau

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, OHIO, May 16, 2002 – Air Force Maj. Gen. Mike Wiedemer has been named to become the director of the Defense Commissary Agency, Fort Lee, Va.

Wiedemer's new assignment was announced May 13 by the Air Force Materiel Command here, where he currently is director of requirements. As DeCA director, he will be responsible for directing and centrally managing the military's worldwide commissary system. He will succeed Air Force Maj. Gen. Robert Courter, who is scheduled to retire Aug. 1.

DeCA encompasses four regions and nearly 300 commissaries with more than 17,000 employees. The annual sales from DeCA's commissaries totaled more than $5 billion in fiscal 2001.

In his current materiel command position, Wiedemer is responsible to the commander for life-cycle management of Air Force warfighting systems. He provides leadership, innovation and process guidance for 17,000 AFMC acquisition professionals managing investment programs valued at over $21 billion annually.

"I'm delighted to be in a position to help our military families through the benefits provided by our Department of Defense commissaries," Wiedemer said. "Our commissaries are a huge military benefit and save our armed forces families more than 30 percent on purchases compared to commercial prices. For a family of four, that means more than $2,000 a year."

Wiedemer received his bachelor's degree in aerospace engineering and an Air Force ROTC commission from the University of Notre Dame in 1972. He earned his master's degree in industrial management from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, in 1980 and he was the distinguished graduate of his 12985 Air Command and Staff College class at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.

Other assignments in his career include tours as the vice commander and commander of Sacramento Air Logistics Center, McClellan Air Force Base, Calif.; and command of Arnold Engineering and Development Center, Arnold Air Force Base, Tenn.

The general holds the Defense Superior Service Medal, two awards of the Legion of Merit, four awards of the Meritorious Service Medal, and the Air Force Commendation Medal.

(From Defense Commissary Agency and Air Force Material Command announcements.)

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